Back to School (1986)

96 min.
Plot  Thornton Melon's is a rags-to-riches story. The son of an Italian immigrant tailor, he is shown as a boy (Jason Hervey) in his father's shop, bearing a report card with poor grades. His ambition is to go into his father's line of work, but his father reprimands Thornton for his poor schoolwork, and tells him no matter how hardworking, skilled or wealthy one may be, "if a man has got no education, he has got nothing".

As decades pass, Thornton is shown opening his first "Tall and Fat" clothing store and eventually becoming a corporate giant, complete with a TV commercial in which he asks:

Are you a large person? Pleasantly plump? A little on the hefty side, perhaps? Well, let's face it: are you fat? When you go jogging, do you leave potholes? When you make love, do you have to give directions? At the zoo, do elephants throw you peanuts? Do you look at a menu and say, 'Okay'?

He also has changed his last name to "Melon" (from the origi...



Rodney Dangerfield
Thornton Melon
Sally Kellerman
Dr. Diane Turner
Keith Gordon
Jason Melon
Paxton Whitehead
Dr. Phillip Barbay
Terry Farrell
Valerie Desmond
M. Emmet Walsh
Coach Turnbull
Adrienne Barbeau
Vanessa Melon
William Zabka
Chas Osborne
Ned Beatty
"Dean" David Martin


All Titles

Back to School
English Original Title

Release Dates


United States




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